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Subject:Help Identifying Frame Thai Temple Rubbings?
Posted By: Eve Tue, Dec 17, 2019 IP:


I am looking for information on this piece of large framed wall art. It is not covered by glass and appears to be Thai temple rubbings on wood. Does anyone have any information on this piece? Thank you!!

Subject:Re: Help Identifying Frame Thai Temple Rubbings?
Posted By: Bill H Wed, Dec 18, 2019

These are Musicians in costumes associated with presentations of the Thai version of the traditional dance called Ramakien, based on the Hindu epic, the Ramayana. Check the link.

The authenticity of any given Temple rubbing is moot, given that Thai authorities banned the practice of making rubbings of protected temple friezes and other stone carvings ages ago to preserve them for posterity. The weekend market in Bangkok traditionally had entrepreneurs selling modern repros by the roll. During the Vietnam War years, troops stationed in Thailand or visiting Bangkok on Rest & Recuperation leave were big customers of such souvenirs along with civilian tourists. With the passing of that generation well underway, estate sales have tended to glut the market in retirement communities favored by veterans. I rather preferred the Cambodian style, which were in high relief, but most of them came from Thailand; even this one purchased in Vientiane, Laos circa 1971. It features a female celestial of clouds and water called Apsara, from the Hindu and Buddhist pantheon.

Best regards,

Bill H.

URL Title :Temple Rubbing

Subject:Re: Help Identifying Frame Thai Temple Rubbings?
Posted By: Bill H Thu, Dec 19, 2019

The link I added for you seems to have been truncated en route, perhaps too long for the forum system to digest. Try the one pasted here in your browser:

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